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Black Hawk Hancock

  • Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Co-Editor of Sociological Perspectives
  • ​​PhD
  • Sociology
  • Faculty
  • 773.325.7601
  • 990 West Fullerton Avenue, Room 1101

Dr. Black Hawk Hancock is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at DePaul University. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His past ethnographic research has explored the revival of swing dancing through his experiences as a student, teacher and performer during a six-year period. This scholarship has appeared in article form in: Ethnography, Qualitative Sociology, and Sociological Perspectives, and culminated in the book entitled American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination, published (2013), by The University of Chicago Press. His current ethnographic research explores the Mexican workers that have come to define the backbone or infrastructure of the restaurant industry of Chicago. This study is animated by two apparently divergent yet intimately interrelated questions. First, how do our understandings of ethnicity, authenticity and culture come through the ways that people use food to make sense out of themselves and others? Second, how do people secure spaces of culture and identity in the face of economic, political, and socially antagonistic living conditions? In a world where it is difficult to assess people’s understandings of other cultures, or even their own in any direct manner, food serves as an ideal medium through which to explore the cultural imagination, as well as an opening to explore cultural appreciation. This work is under contract at The University of Chicago Press.

His teaching focuses primarily on classic and contemporary theory, urban ethnography, and race/ethnicity and culture, while his special topics courses focus on the work of Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman, and Roland Barthes.

Research Interests:

  • Classical and Contemporary Theory
  • Culture
  • ​Ethnography
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Urban Sociology

Recent Publications:

2018 Hancock, Black Hawk. “Michel Foucault and the Problematics of Power: Revisiting the Critique of Medicalization.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 43(4): 439-468.

2018 Roberta Garner and Black Hawk Hancock. “Reintegrating Theories, Methods, and Historical Analysis in Teaching Sociology.” The American Sociologist 49: 369-391.

2018 Hancock, Black Hawk and Daniel R. Morrison. “The Ethnographer's Circle: Institutionalizing Ethnography in the Pacific Sociological Association.” Sociological Perspectives 61(2): 195-206.

2018 Hancock,Black Hawk, Bryan Sykes, and Anjuli Verma. “The Problem of "Cameo Appearances" in Mixed-Methods Research: Implications for 21st-Century Ethnography." Sociological Perspectives 61(2): 314-335.

2017 Skyes, Bryan, Anjuli Verma, and Black Hawk Hancock. “Aligning Sampling and Case Selection in Quantitative- Qualitative Research Designs: Establishing Generalizability Limits in Mixed-Method Studies." Ethnography 19(2): 227-253.

2016 Hancock, Black Hawk and Daniel R. Morrison. “Beyond the Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying: A Theoretical and Methodological Intervention into the Sociology of Brain Implant Surgery.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41(6): 659-678.

2016 Fine, Gary Alan and Black Hawk Hancock. “The New Ethnographer at Work” Qualitative Research 17(2): 260-268.​